Lift Johnstown is a collaborative effort of more than two dozen organizations working voluntarily to improve the Johnstown area. Formed by community leaders to implement three prior plans, Lift strives to “re-invent” the community by promoting business development, arts, culture, recreation and other initiatives that build quality of life, stimulate economic growth and advance programs such as the 2025 Vision, which is engaging hundreds of citizens in taking action for community betterments.
Lift hosts an annual “Project Party” to recruit volunteers to assist over 70 nonprofits and service organizations to fulfill their missions. That recruitment helps mobilize community groups and individuals and sets the stage for project execution. Lift also presents a Volunteer Spotlight Award to long-time community volunteers who are nominated by their peers and have contributed years of service to their communities.
Projects that Lift has helped complete through volunteer recruitment include the tulip mosaic at the Bottleworks Ethnic Arts Center, painting the Inclined Plane Observation Deck, painting share-the-road lanes for trail connectivity, neighborhood clean-ups, community gardens, backpack food programs for kids and many others; all focused on improving not only the aesthetics of the community but also the health and quality of life of area residents.